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Reaffirming Sovereignty And Reproducing Territoriality: Deportation And Detention

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This chapter consists of a concise investigation into the logic of contemporary tools of immigration law enforcement. It discusses the way in which the administrative practice of deportation relates to state power and territoriality by setting it in a wider field of political and administrative practice. In doing so, it draws a large extent on the work of William Walter. The chapter addresses the relationship between immigration detention and state power. It also seeks the answer of the question as why in contemporary Europe the detention of unwanted foreigners increasingly prevails over other forms of administering the entry and removal of aliens. The intimate relationship between personal liberty, sovereignty and violence warrants the utmost scrutiny when assessing the indiscriminate detention of thousands of people in light of traditional safeguards against sovereign power.

Keywords: deportation; Europe; immigration detention; personal liberty; sovereignty; violence



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